The news of some scientists predicting the possibility of a new “little Ice Age” broke a few days ago. I didn't post anything right away, as I wanted to read up on both the original story and reactions to it. Here's my summary, after reading a lot of articles:
- All the report really says is that what's being observed today looks an awful lot like what little we know about the beginning of the Maunder Minimum.
- The authors of the report then speculate about the possibility that this indicates we're about to enter such a period.
- It would take several years of consistently low sunspot counts before we could really say with any certainty that this was happening.
- The pro-AGW crowd is quite predictably reacting negatively to this potential destruction of their world view. I'd expect nothing else. But just because they're predictable doesn't mean they're wrong.